Hulk confirms departure after Shanghai SIPG’s AFC Champions League exit
Doha: Hulk has announced his intention to leave Shanghai SIPG after the Chinese outfit were eliminated in the 2020 AFC Champions League Round of 16 on Monday.
The Brazilian international forward departs after a four-and-a-half season stay in Shanghai, which included both Chinese Super League and Super Cup silverware and more than 70 goals in all competitions.
2020 AFC Champions League (East): Quarter-final cast finalised
Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings of Korea Republic were the fourth team to advance to the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) quarter-finals following a thrilling come-from-behind 3-2 win over Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday.
Suwon Samsung Bluewings joined China PR's Beijing, Japan's Vissel Kobe and Ulsan Hyundai FC of Korea Republic in the quarter-finals, with the knockout stage draw to be conducted at 11:30 (UTC+3) in Doha on Tuesday.
Suwon Samsung Bluewings see off Yokohama F. Marinos to book AFC Champions League quarter-final spot
Doha: Suwon Samsung Bluewings came from behind to earn a 3-2 win over Yokohama F. Marinos at Khalifa International Stadium and book their place in the 2020 AFC Champions League quarter-finals on Monday.
Yokohama F. Marinos, playing their first-ever AFC Champions League knock-out stage match, thought they had taken the league inside three minutes when Erik advanced down the left after a quick string of passes then whipped a cross that evaded defenders to find Teruhito Nakagawa at the far post with the goal at his mercy, but his sliding finish ended up on the wrong side of the post.
Vissel Kobe defeat Shanghai SIPG to advance to first AFC Champions League quarter-finals
Doha: Vissel Kobe continued making club history by reaching the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) quarter-final with a 2-0 win against Shanghai SIPG at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday.
The tie saw the J1 League side participate in their first ever AFC Champions League knockout match, while the Shanghai-based side were contesting their fifth straight Round of 16 game having qualified to the stage in each of the times they have taken part in the competition.
Club history made, Génésio calls for more from Beijing FC in AFC Champions League
Doha: Bruno Génésio applauded his Beijing FC players for taking the club to the AFC Champions League knockout stage for the first time, only to remind them that the real prize remains up for grabs.
The Chinese outfit defeated FC Tokyo 1-0 on Sunday to stretch their unbeaten run in the competition to seven – itself a club record – and ending a run of Round of 16 defeats in 2010, 2013, and 2015.
Inspired by a virtuoso display by Player of the Match Renato Augusto, Beijing found the decisive goal in the 59th-minute through A Lan, formerly known as Alan Carvalho, who netted his fourth goal of the tournament to put Beijing to within three wins of a maiden Asian title.
Ulsan Hyundai’s Kim hungry for more after reaching AFC Champions League quarter-finals
Doha: Ulsan Hyundai boss Kim Do-hoon heaped praise on his players but urged them to keep pushing for more after they moved into the 2020 AFC Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
Three goals from substitutes – two from Bjørn Johnson and another from Won Du-jae – proved decisive for the Korean club, who toiled for an hour against the gallant Australian side before running away with the contest in the closing stages.
It was Ulsan’s sixth successive win since arriving in Qatar last month, and it put an end to a run of defeats in the AFC Champions League Round of 16; the stage in which their Asian journey had ended in the past two seasons.
AFC Champions League (EAST) Toyota Player of the Week: Daiki Niwa
Doha: FC Tokyo's Daiki Niwa has been voted by the fans as the 2020 AFC Champions League (East) Toyota Player of the Week after an impressive performance in his side's 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Matchday Six as they advanced to the knockout rounds.
The veteran defender had an 83 percent duel success rate, made three interceptions and completed 62 passes at an 87 percent accuracy that saw him ranked fifth in Stats Perform's – the Asian Football Confederation's official data provider – list of nominees for the accolade with a 7.6 rating.